Yoda: CIA’s Open Source Enterprise Blows (Again)

#OSE Open Source Everything

US to close CIA division’s UK intelligence monitoring unit

The US is to close its monitoring unit in the UK, marking the end of nearly 75 years of side-by-side collaboration with the BBC’s open-source intelligence division at Caversham Park. The Open Source Enterprise, a division of the US’s Central Intelligence Agency, has been run out of the Berkshire stately home since 1943. US officials have worked closely with their British counterparts to monitor foreign TV and radio broadcasts, as well as online information.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: The Open Source Enterprise (previously the Open Source Center) has never been a serious capability. Rooted in what was once a very fine Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), it was handicapped from the beginning by the insistence of the Clandestine Service that it focus only on passive media monitoring and not develop networks of overt human sources which is precisely where I and all the other open source pioneers knew we needed to go.  Worse, the military services and the combat commands that did have moderately promising networks of overt human source being cultivated by Civil Affairs (CA), Foreign Area Officers (FAO) and others were all shut down and no one in the military had the integrity to tell CIA to piss off.

DIA, which considered me as the DISL for HUMINT in 2010, was slammed back into a small box because it director at the time — and his successor — did not have the knowledge or the spine to take on CIA.

We are one year away from the 30-year anniversary of my starting the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) revolution. A series of CIA directors has failed to get a grip on the essence of CIA, which could be saved but only with very firm leadership unwilling to tolerate any more bullshit for each of the CIA directorates that are largely fluff.

There will be a global open source network eventually. We can only weep at the cost to America and the world of a secret intelligence community so lacking in integrity that it is also completely lacking in intelligence.

See Especially:

2017 Robert Steele: OSINT Done Right

KINDLE: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Done Right: An Indictment of 25 years of expensive passive failure

MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT: Eradicating Fake News and False Intelligence with an Open Source Agency That Also Supports Defense, Diplomacy, Development, & Commerce (D3C) Innovation to Stabilize World

Reflections: Philosophy of Intelligence

See Also:

2013 Robert Steele Answers to MA Student in UK — OSINT and Terrorism 2.0

2013 Robert Steele Answers on OSINT to PhD Student in Denmark 2.0

2015 ANSWERS Robert Steele for Sean Lorenz on OSINT Update 3

Answers to Royal Danish Defence College on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Done Right

Antechinus: CIA Killed OSINT at Birth — 80% of “OSINT” Studies are Bullshit

Berto Jongman: Death of BBC, Questionable Capacity of CIA’s OSE

Berto Jongman: Dan Harris on Eroding Human Intelligence Collection in the US Intelligence Community — Reflections on Intelligence Reform by Robert Steele

Bryan Dean Wright: CIA’s Problem – Subpar Spies

Danish Forces on Robert Steele’s Peace Intelligence Message — OSINT Is Human, Not Technical

Lance Schuttler: CIA Spy Speaks Out After 30 Years of Censorship – Is It Time to Listen?

NATO OSINT Handbooks UPDATE 2

NATO OSINT to OSE/M4IS2 Round-Up 2.0

Reference (2012): Expectations of Intelligence in the Information Age, Review by Steele, Wright, Anon & New Link 3.0

Reference: M4IS2 OSINT UN NATO Site and Book Lists

Reflections: how can the intelligence community remain relevant in the 21st century

Reflections on Information Pathologies & Organizational Intelligence — Why Predictive Analytics on Industrial Era Data is Fraud, Waste, & Abuse

Reflections on Intelligence Reform

Reflections on Specific Intelligence Reforms (Including Alarm on NSA from 1994 Onwards)

Reflections: Open Letter to the President — We Lack Intelligence with Integrity — Please Fire Clapper, Vickers, & Brennan

Robert Steele: Healing the Self & Healing the World – The Open Source Way

Richard Wright: Michael R. Davidson, CIA DO SIS (Ret), Comments on Steele & OSINT with Steele Response 2.1

Royal Danish Defence College: Lecture by Robert Steele on Open Source Intelligence Done Right

Search: federal government spending osint

Search: nato osint course + NATO OSINT RECAP

Search: nato osint effort

Search: osint cycle

Search: osint in history, theory and practice

Search: osint vs humint

Sterling Seagrave: OSINT & Truth Network (Bottom Up) versus Fascist Coven Network (Top Down) — Adds Nordic & BENELUX, Switzerland Evaluations

Testimony: White Paper for DCI John Negoponte on Leveraging OSINT to Enhance CIA/IC Mission Success

Thomas Briggs: Reflections on OSINT in Support of HUMINT

Vincent Stewart: DIA Is Irrelevant (and Dysfunctional)